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Miss Eve title for Navneet
: Navneet was crowned as Miss Eve while Ridham and Monali emerged as runners-up at the Fresher Night organised by the Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here on Monday. Principal Dr Neelam Arun Mittu was the chief guest on the occasion. Ramandeep, Shweta, Manpreet, Navneet, Ridham, Jatinder, Komal and Amit enthralled the gathering with songs and dances. Neha won the balloon game, Harry and Mandeep excelled in dance. Shruti conducted the function.

Emergency wing shifted:
The Emergency wing of the local Civil Hospital was shifted to the hospital’s old OPD site here on Tuesday. With this shifting, it has now started functioning near the new OPD block. Emergency medical officers have been allotted a new room at the new location.

Quiz contest: The local Delhi Public School won the Bathinda city finals of the Limca Book of Records Quiz-2011 held here on Tuesday. The school is among the 80 schools that will compete in the semi-finals of the contest.

Blood donation: Under an NSS programme, a blood donation camp was organised at the Gurukul College, Dera Tup, Bathinda, on Tuesday. As many as 40 students donated the blood at the camp.

Consumer Forum fines post office
: The Consumer Forum has directed the post office authorities to pay a compensation of Rs 17, 500 to the complainant Anu Handa. She had complained that the educational documents along with two drafts of Rs 500 and Rs 1600 each sent by her through the registered post to the Punjab University (PU), Chandigarh, for appearing in her BA (III) examination as a private candidate, did not reach the PU in time. As a result, she had to pay heavy a late fee of Rs 17,500 for getting her roll number. The Forum further directed that if the postal authorities would fail to pay the said amount to the complainant within 30 days from the date of receipt of the copy of order, it would entail an interest at the rate of nine per cent per annum on the said amount.

Voting rights: The Army officials, NGOs and jawans besides others, who come under the purview of the various Sections of the Army Act are authorised to transfer their right to vote to some other eligible voter, who is over 18-year-old and belongs to the same constituency, revealed DC S Karuna Raju at a meeting here on Monday. He said all such persons come under the classified service voter category, who can apply for delegation of their right to vote to another person using the designated format (13F) issued by the Election Commission, adding that the said right can also be taken back using 13 G form. The DC further added that such a request would be entertained before the last date of filing of the nomination papers by the candidates.

One killed in accident
: Binder Kumar of Makowal was killed when a truck hit the motorcycle he was riding while going to his village at Garhshankar last evening. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304 A of the IPC against truck driver Balbir Singh of Akalgarh.

Man booked for cheating: On the complaint of Gurdev Lal, son of Nasib Chand of Tanauli, the Bulhowal police has booked Paramjit Singh, son of Sarwan Singh of Khiala, under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC. According to police sources, Gurdev Singh alleged that Paramjit Singh took Rs 1.53 lakh from him for providing an Alto car. He neither gave him the car, nor returned his money.

5 get jail term
: Additional Sessions Judge Gurjant Singh awarded 2 and a half years imprisonment to five persons for damaging public property during violence in Centre Jail, Jalandhar, in March 2008. Five convicted prisioners already lodged in the jail are Ranbir Singh, Gurchanan Singh, Amar Singh, Kulwinder Singh and Makhan Lal.

MC appoints Assistant Commissioner on contract: Much to the annoyance of scores of employees in the Municipal Corporation, a retired official has been taken on contract as the Assistant Commissioner today. Ved Vyas, who had retired as Joint Commissioner of the MC six years back, joined the office today. The employees have been saying that it was unwise on the part of the political bosses to take an official, who had faced chargesheets in two cases during his regular tenure. They even said since the model code of conduct was in place for SGPC elections, the appointment should not have been made. Mayor Rakesh Rathour, however, said the official had come clean in both cases. He said that since there was no need of advertisement for such appointments, there was no violation of code either.

Two nabbed
: The police arrested two persons, Sukh Ram and Sanika of Jharkhand, presently residing at Ibrahim Basti here under Sections 308, 323 and 34 of the IPC for allegedly attacking Bhupinder Singh. Bhupinder Singh, admitted in civil hospital, said he had asked the attackers not to play music system on a high volume.

Tarn Taran
Woman beaten up
: Bhupinder Kaur (35) was beaten up by her husband and in-laws at Harike village late last evening. Four people have been booked.


1,518 challaned for wrong parking:
The Chandigarh Traffic Police has challaned 1,518 violators for wrong parking in the city this month. Besides, the police also issued 66 challans for underage driving in August. The traffic police had started a special drive against wrong parking, especially in Sectors 8, 9, 10, 17, 22, 34, 35, 44, 45 and 46. Similarly, the police is also conducting a drive against underage driving nears schools, marketsa and coaching institutes from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm.


Two arrested in Hisar
: The police has arrested two persons-- Ashok and Parmeshwar-- suspected of buying stolen motorcycles, dismantling and disposing them as spare parts. They were running a spare parts shop in Auto market.The police said on Tuesday that Sunil, a resident of the Tibba Dana Sher area, had complained that the engine and chassis of his motorcycle stolen about a month back were available as spare parts at a shop in the local Auto Market.The police raided the shop and recovered 21 spare parts of stolen motorcycles, including engines and chassis.

Two killed in road mishap:
Puran Singh of MP Majra village and Anup of Gubhana Majri village were killed when a truck hit their a motorbike on the Jhajjar-Chhuchhakvaas road here on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The incident took place when the duo were on the way to MP Majra village. As they reached near Khativaas village, the truck coming from the opposite direction collided with their bike. While Anup died on the spot, Puran sustained serious injuries. The police took Puran to the civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The truck driver fled from the spot.

Rickshaw-pullar found dead: A 60-year-old rickshaw-pullar was found dead in sector 7 on Tuesday The deceased was identified as Raju, a resident of Babu Saria village in Bihar. The police has arrested Vinod in this case.

One drowns in Western Yamuna Canal: Four boys jumped into the Western Yamuna Canal on Karnal-Kachawa road to save two persons from drowning on Tuesday. Though the boys were able to bring both out of the canal, one of them, Shashi (35), died a few minutes later.

Tipsy cop booked for obscenity
: When tipsy constable Vijay Kumar, who misbehaved with a woman of Dhamla ka village at Naiwali Chowk during the Chief Minister’s visit here on Monday, an irate crowd manhandled him, forcing him to take refuge in a police booth there. However, when the mob dismantled the police booth, drew him out and started thrashing him, a police contingent took him to the city police station. While medical examination confirmed that the constable had consumed liquor, he has been booked in a case of obscenity and misconduct in public.


ATM stolen in Srinagar:
Burglars stole an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of a government bank from an uptown locality of the city here, the police said. The burglars took away the ATM from the Parraypora area here on Monday night. It was not clear how much cash was lying in the machine.

Boy drowned in Ganderbal: A 15-year-old boy drowned in a stream in Ganderbal district on Tuesday, the police said. Rafiq Ahmad Khatana, a resident of Margund village, drowned while taking a bath in the Sindh stream of the district. Khatana’s body was fished out and handed over to his family, it added.


CM’s greetings on Id-ul-Fitr: Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has greeted the people of the state on Id-ul-Fitr. In his message, Nishank said the festival conveyed a message of communal harmony, peace, and humanity. He appealed to all people to build an ideal society by giving due respect to all religions.

Funds sanctioned for bodies: Social Welfare and Language Minister Matbar Singh on Tuesday sanctioned Rs 2.33 crore for the Uttarakhand Bhasha Sansthan and the Dr Pitambar Datt Barthwal Hindi Akademi for 2011-2012. The minister also asked officers to work for the promotion of local languages, including Garhwali, Kumaoni, Jaunsari, Tharu and Bauxa. The minister also asked them to find suitable land for the setting up of a sahitya gram for which Rs 8.30 crore has been sanctioned.

Students visit Charity Home: To spend some quality time with orphan children, students of The Aryan School, Dehradun, visited Mother Teresa’s Charity Home on Tuesday. Accompanying them were Principal of the school Cherry Jain and vice-chairman Sunny Gupta who distributed clothes, eatables and many other things to the orphans staying in Mother Teresa’s Charity Home.

Kumaon Briefs
Lok adalats: 1,050 cases disposed of:
As many as 1,050 cases were disposed of with mutual consent during mega lok adalats held across Udham Singh Nagar on Tuesday. The adalats were held under the supervision of District Judge Jaidev Singh. Of the 1,050 cases, 23 cases were related to vehicular accidents in which compensation to the tune of Rs 49.43 lakh was given to the victims or their kin. A fine of Rs 5.2 lakh was recovered with regard to the disposal of 1,001 civil litigations. In a pre-litigation move, Reliance Communications and the Bank of Baroda recovered Rs 41 lakh from loanees and customers.

Schedule for mobile hospital: The Health Department, Almora, has drawn up a schedule for a mobile hospital to visit the rural parts of the district over the next 15 days. According to the Chief Medical Officer, Dr RS Shahi, the mobile hospital would be travelling to Lamgarah, Jainti, Bhanoli, Danya, Bhansiyachan, Takula, Someshwar, Bansulisera, Chaukhutiya, Bhikiyasain, Bhatraujkhan, Sauladhar, Bhonkhal, Devalaya and Deghat during the first fortnight of September. He has appealed to the people to avail the facility.

Officials to tour 28 revenue villages: Officials will be sent to tour 28 revenue villages of Champawat district to take stock of development projects being executed there. Orders in this regard have been given by District Magistrate Pankaj Pandey in accordance with the instructions from the Chief Secretary office. A list of the officials who will visit the areas has been prepared. They have been asked to prepare a roster following their visits. The officials have also been asked to interact with villagers and solve the problems being faced by them.

Water crisis in Bhimtal, Okhalkanda: Residents of Bhimtal and Okhalkanda, Nainital district, are irked over power and water crises in their areas. They have been reeling under an acute water and power shortage for the over the past 15 days. The areas have also started witnessing protests by the people that are being led by local leaders.

Girl killed in mishap: A 20-year-old girl was killed while her brother was seriously injured in an accident near the Bhakhra bridge. According to information, Jeevan Saini lost control over his motorcycle on a damaged road near the Bhakhra bridge. His sister, Neelam, was run over by a speeding when she was trying to get up after having fallen from the motorcycle. She died on her way to a hospital. They were returning home from college when the accident took place.

(Complied by Rajeev Khanna)

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